The Friends of Hathorn House will highlight the 18th century trade war with Britain during George Washington Day on Sun., Jul. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lewis Park, located on Main St. in Warwick. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the 1768 Non-Importation pledge, a “Liberty Tea” table will offer samples of various herbal alternatives to black tea which were used by patriots as they turned away from foreign goods.
The “Buy Local, Eat Local” movement has deep roots in American history; colonials boycotted imported products as a means of social protest, resorting to such dramatic acts as dumping tea into Boston Harbor. Use of items such as homespun fabric was one of the ways the thirteen colonies began to see themselves as one community, one nation.
George Washington Day is a free event sponsored by the Warwick Historical Society in collaboration with the Friends of Hathorn House and will feature many family-friendly activities. The 2018 “Tea Party” is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.